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Introducing Regenerative Architecture

Rachel Armstrong1*
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1 Department of Architecture, KU Leuven, Ghent, Flanders, Belgium
Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism 2024, 6(1), 1882
Submitted: 21 September 2023 | Accepted: 27 October 2023 | Published: 14 December 2023
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Regenerative Architecture)
© 2023 by the Author(s). This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution -Noncommercial 4.0 International License (CC-by the license) ( )

The global-scale impacts of the Anthropocene have reached tipping points of order, resulting in the climate emergency. We are no longer able to carefully adjust our industrial practices to put this titan back into its box, and we must enter a new era of human development to meet our present needs. This involves restoring the living realm through bioremediating environments, enlivening communities, enriching soils, and rebuilding ecosystems as we live and work. The conservative net zero ambitions of “sustainability” cannot reverse our negative planetary-scale impact. A new approach to designing and engineering our habitats is needed. This introduction to the special issue on Regenerative Architecture takes a design-led approach to discuss how the practice of the built environment, through its imaginaries, materials, spaces, bodies, and technologies, can make a positive impact on the living world. Since we cannot solve the ongoing crises from within our present thinking, which has initiated and compounded our predicament, this special issue explores the work of regenerative architects who are urgently developing diverse and inclusive practices. These practices aim to transcend the habits, expectations, and blind spots that frame contemporary practices. Taking a radically experimental and inclusive interdisciplinary design approach, the emerging field of regenerative architecture is actively developing a range of new tools, technologies, models, experimental platforms, theories, buildable systems, and critiques for environmentally beneficial practices. The nature of this ongoing research is diverse and interdisciplinary, invoking new concepts and formats that search for ways of working with nature, both as a co-creator of places and as a net beneficiary of architectural interventions.

Regenerative architecture
Climate emergency
Architectural cyborg
The work is supported by the Horizon Europe EIC Pathfinder Challenges (HORIZON-EIC-2022- PATHFINDERCHALLENGES-01) project “Microbial Hydroponics: Circular Sustainable Electrobiosynthesis” (Mi-Hy) under Grant Agreement number 101114746. The Mi-Hy project is funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are, however, those of the authors only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union of the European Innovation Council. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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